- Libro de bolsillo: 320 páginas
- Editor: Delrey; Edición: del Rey Mass Ma. (1 de agosto de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0345360761
- ISBN-13: 978-0345360762
A World of Difference (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – ago 2005
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When a Viking lander on the planet Minerva is destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, Earth's scientists are flabbergasted. Soon, a joint US/USSR manned mission is mounted--a symbol of peace between the two rivals. But that peace is threatened when the mission lands in the middle of an alien war.
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When the Viking lander on the planet Minerva was destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, scientists on Earth were flabbergasted. And so a joint investigation was launched by the United States and the Soviet Union, the first long-distance manned space mission, and a symbol of the new peace between the two great rivals.
Humankind's first close encounter with extraterrestrials would be history in the making, and the two teams were schooled in diplomacy as well as in science. But nothing prepared them for alien war -- especially when the Americans and the Soviets found themselves on opposite sides...
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In this story, earth history is just like we all know right up until the Viking lander. In this universe, though, Mars is not our planet. It is more massive, it has an atmosphere and intelligent life. It is also called Minerva. The last photos taken by the Viking lander on Minerva are of a native Minervan attacking it. This naturally spurs all sorts of efforts to send a manned mission. Since the period is the 70s, the cold war is in full swing and the Soviets and Americans are determined to beat each other. They land at different but nearby sites and befriend tribes antagonistic towards each other. The cold war has moved to the red planet.
The story is interesting enough but Turtledove's real talent is to present ideas in new and differing ways. The Minervans of this story are utterly strange and different from humans. Still, he manages to convey their alien sensibilities in a credible, believable and understandable manner. He also makes us laugh at ourselves.
This is an excellent story and lots of fun.
Read this book once and then read it again. You will enjoy it from cover to cover. This book is proof that Harry Trutledoveis one of the masters of Sci-fi/Alternate History.